Fischer Travers Boots ReviewApril 3, 2017
- Incredibly light
- 80° cuff rotation
- Simple external walk/ski mode
- Technically no buckles
- Thin liners, cold feet
- Only compatible with tech bindings
- BOA closure system is too tight for easy entry
- Waterproof gaiter gets in the way
- Soft flex
The Fischer Travers Boots are not for everyone. These boots are to cover a lot of distance ski touring and the up is more important than the down. They are not for challenging terrain or variable snow conditions, which demand a lot of power. The Travers Boots excels at skinning and climbing given their crazy cuff rotation and lightweight construction.
Given that the Fischer Travers Boots have a minimal Thermoshape Lite Palau liner and no buckles, they offer up a surprisingly high level of comfort. The integrated powerstrap and Boa closure system provide a pressure-free fit that’s easily customizable. With adequate support in ski mode and a crazy amount of flex in walk mode, they are very comfortable to wear, but keeping your heel seated in challenging terrain can be difficult and the liner seems to shift inside the shell when pushed to the limits. With a 100mm last, the Travers boots fit an average foot with room for wider feet but not too wide for those with narrower feet.
A lightweight ski touring boot typically weighs around 3.5 pounds and the Fischer Travers Boots as a pair weigh in at just 4.3 pounds, so you can see why they’re classified as an ultra lightweight dedicated ski touring boot. Because they have no buckles, and use a grilamid shell and a Thermoshape Lite liner, Fischer can keep the weight to a minimum.
A boot’s power comes from it’s weight and construction and the Fischer Travers Boots are minimal in both respects. While they can drive a wider ski such as the Volkl V-Werks BMT 109’s, they’re certainly not meant for this. There is no published flex rating for the Travers Boots, but we feel that it can’t be more than 100 as they are fairly soft. Given they’re weight however, this level of stiffness is to be expected.
With 80°+ of cuff rotation, the Fischer Travers Boots were made for walking (and running should you choose). The flex is practically unlimited. Needless to say they climb a skin track effortlessly and you barely know you are wearing them.
The Fischer Travers Boot’s lightweight construction makes them ideally suited for long ski tours and random racing but are out of their element in more challenging terrain with variable snow conditions. They are a one-trick-pony and are similar to the Atomic Backland Carbon boots, Scarpa F1 boots, Arcteryx Procline boots and Salomon’s soon to be released X-Alp Boots.
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